Operating in China: Mitigating Human Capital Risks and Occupational Health Challenges in China

29 October 2019 ,  —


As an economic leader in growth, China has become an attractive country for international and regional organisations looking to set up operations. However, when complying with new health and safety regulations, a business can face a number of new challenges. To protect its 776 million strong workforce, there has been a shift in the regulatory structure on occupational health and compliance in China. It is now imperative for organisations currently operating, or looking to operate in the country, to implement clear policies and procedures in order to avoid financial and legal implications.


To help organisations gain insight into the occupational health risks and requirements of operating in China, International SOS has partnered with Enhesa, to produce a new white paper: Operating in China Mitigating Human Capital Risks and Occupational Health Challenges in China. The paper addresses aspects including The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and the impact of non-communicable diseases, as well as initiatives like the ‘Healthy China 2030 Planning Outline.’




Dr Vincent Yue, Regional Medical Director at International SOS, comments, “As the world’s second largest economy, the business opportunities in China are rife. In order to maximise these opportunities, it is imperative that employers understand the moral and legal obligations to provide Duty of Care to employees. Healthcare is central to the Chinese government’s agenda, but the medical practice infrastructure and medical management system is different to that of the west. This paper provides guidance as well as recommended best practice for organisations to protect their workforce and business resilience.”


Jessica Sarnowski, Head of Content Marketing & Thought Leadership at Enhesa, comments, “China's increased emphasis on occupational health protection for employees makes it imperative for employers to be aware of the key pieces of legislation outlined in this whitepaper. Global companies that have a place of business in China should take note, not only of the evolving legal requirements in China, but also the best practices for mitigating risks related to employee health.”


The transformation and reforms of China’s healthcare system is an on-going effort and critical for the domestic agenda for the Chinese government. The strategy of “Health China 2030” highlights the importance of occupational health workplace safety, and goes as far as outlining directions for occupational health practitioners.


To read the full white paper, click here. The white paper will also be available in Mandarin by December 2019.

Notes to Editors

About the International SOS Group of Companies

The International SOS Group of Companies is in the business of saving lives, protecting your global workforce from health and security threats. Wherever you are, we deliver customised health, security risk management and wellbeing solutions to fuel your growth and productivity. In the event of extreme weather, an epidemic or a security incident, we provide an immediate response providing peace of mind. Our innovative technology and medical expertise focus on prevention, offering real-time, actionable insights and on-the-ground quality delivery. We help you meet compliance reporting needs for good governance. By partnering with us, organisations can fulfil their Duty of Care responsibilities, while empowering business resilience, continuity and sustainability.

Founded in 1985, the International SOS Group is trusted by 11,000 organisations, including over half of the Fortune Global 500, multi-national corporate clients and mid-size enterprises, governments, educational institutions and NGOs. 11,000 multi-cultural medical, security and logistics experts stand with you to provide support & assistance from over 1,000 locations in 90 countries, 24/7, 365 days.   

To protect your workforce, visit www.internationalsos.com.


About Enhesa

Enhesa (www.enhesa.com) helps global multinational companies be compliant with, and stay on top of, Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS) Regulations wherever they operate. Enhesa’s in-house team of multilingual regulatory analysts provide clear, concise and standardised analysis and insight on current and future EHS regulatory obligations in over 270 jurisdictions worldwide. Enhesa’s Compliance Intelligence and Regulatory Forecaster services enable on-going compliance management with EHS laws applicable to industry. Enhesa has offices in Brussels, Washington D.C. and Tokyo.